Josh McDaniels on head coaching jobs: If that’s in the cards for me, it’s great

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The Packers fired Mike McCarthy last Sunday and the second head coaching change of the year means that it’s time to dust off the list of candidates who will be in the mix for jobs this offseason.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been a regular presence on those lists and appeared to be heading to Indianapolis as the new Colts head coach in February before an 11th hour change of heart led him to stay in New England. That late change might give some people pause about McDaniels’ desires, but he said in May that he does actually want to be a head coach again and repeated that on Tuesday.

“If that’s in the cards for me, then that’s great,” McDaniels said, via Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe. “I’ve said that before, but, again, I’m not worried about that right now.”

The Packers and Browns are likely to have company on the head coaching search front once the year comes to an end. There are a finite number realistic candidates for those openings, which probably means that neither McDaniels’s hesitation with the Colts nor his poor record as the top man with the Broncos will stop teams from gauging his interest in another run as a head coach.

34 responses to “Josh McDaniels on head coaching jobs: If that’s in the cards for me, it’s great

  1. Bizarre comments coming from a guy who had an offer on the table just 10 months ago before backing out past the 11th hour. The fact his agent left him after that pretty clearly shows they’d already moved past the stage of “if you’re going to change your mind you need to do it RIGHT NOW.” It’s fine to weigh your options and even change your mind but you eventually reach a point where you need to keep your word.

  2. The pats will glady take either teams first rd pick and they can have Josh with a blessing! Other wise it aint gonna happen he just got coach money to stay with the pats and is under contract.

  3. As a diehard of over 36 years now, I have no idea why people think he is so great. He’s pretty good, but he’s also not head coaching material.

    When you have BB and Brady as your main two people you work with, you’re going to be set up to look good.

    Again, he’s pretty good, but prone to lapses and confusion with how to run the offense, conceptually, from week to week.

    BB is supportive and allows him empowerment, but I cringe when I see Brady and McDaniels feeding one another ideas during the game.

    Their slow starts in Super Bowls and big games are also a huge problem. If they start slow with huge lulls over multiple qtrs, forcing the D to defend short fields over and over, NE is going to get bounced, probably in the title game.

    We shall see, but he’s overrated. I honestly have no idea what people think he’s so great.

    Brady essentially runs the offense. McDaniels just feeds in a couple of plays where he plays the odds of how each play may work based on what the D is doing.

    I also think he gives Brady too much of what Brady thinks and doesn’t push back enough.

    This past week, the 2nd half offense is how it needs to be, but the red zone offense has been atrocious this year, where they are leaving 7-10 points per game off the board every week.

  4. Just a thought……Belichick wants Brady to retire (this year 2018) and hand the job over to Garrappalo. Kraft steps in and says: “No, Brady has earned the right to say when he will retire”. Belichick turns in his resignation, but keeps his promise to Kraft for a one year notice. Meanwhile, Josh McDaniels is promised to be allowed into Belichicks inner sanctum if he stays with the Patriots and becomes the head couch for 2019.

  5. terripet says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    Jacksonville pounded the cheaters

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    You’re right. The Colts lost 6-0 in an old school drubbing in an easy, offensive era where the Cheaters, err, I mean, Colts, lost 6-0.

    LOL!

  6. If he gets a head coaching job, it will likely be a team like the Bucs, who’ve swung and missed repeatedly when hiring an HC.
    It would take a fair amount of “screw it, how much worse can it get” to hire McDaniels.
    The unbelievably unproffesional personal melt down he pulled last year should disqualify him for life, but desperation runs rampant in the NFL.
    The only business in the world where you can screw the pooch for decades and still make a profit, outside of the telecoms.

  7. mogogo1 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Bizarre comments coming from a guy who had an offer on the table just 10 months ago before backing out past the 11th hour. The fact his agent left him after that pretty clearly shows they’d already moved past the stage of “if you’re going to change your mind you need to do it RIGHT NOW.” It’s fine to weigh your options and even change your mind but you eventually reach a point where you need to keep your word.

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    Talk to Brady. Brady is the one who begged him to get off that plane. Quite frankly, I am still stunned he ever even took a call from the Colts after them cheating and framing Brady for Deflategate.

    I know Ballard apologized for the framejob on behalf of Irsay, but as a Pats fan or an employee, that ain’t good enough.

    I don’t get why the Pats just stand by and let other franchises or mediaheads do this (cheat them to steal draft picks to weaken them).

    McDaniels should have never taken the call just like he should never work for the Jets, Ravens, Giants, Broncos, Steelers, and all others involved in the Cheating Six.

    Bob McNair, the scum he was, also was involved.

    How anyone can back unprofessional business sabotaging is beyond me.

  8. He was terrible in Denver as HC, Traded up big for Tebow. Fortunately, Denver hired Elway as GM (third best winning record in the NFL during his tenure) and the first thing he did was get rid of McDanny and Tebow. Then, McDanny totally shafts the Colts. Buyer beware. Wouldnt touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  9. @ lov2smile16

    Seriously, do NOT listen to that nonsense in the Boston sports Media. That theory was floated all summer and has since proved to be mere speculation. BB is still firmly in charge is is not going anyplace. Josh may very well leave if the right job comes along.

  10. terripet says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    Jacksonville pounded the cheaters

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    Huh? Indy won by 3. Luck played pretty well I thought.

  11. “Jacksonville pounded the cheaters”

    I wouldn’t call beating the Colts 6-0 “pounding” them, but the Jags did beat them last weekend yup.

  12. gysot says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    Please keep in mind that this is the genius that traded back up to take T Tebow in the first round.
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    Just so you know since you have trouble will actual facts.
    Brian Xanders was the General manager at that time who made the final decision
    to draft Tebow.
    You’re welcome.

  13. JMcDaniels is as innovative offensive coach as there is in the league. Right up there with McVay, SPeyton and Shanahan. That’s why he is so highly regarded around the league by people who, you know, actually know something about FB(not people that watch it and think they do). The Pats offense would not be as prolific as it has been over the yrs w/o him. As for what happened in Indy; who knows. Maybe he got a poor medical update on Luck. Maybe he wanted to give Indy a shot back after the deflategate farce. Maybe he got a handshake deal from the Pats. He wasn’t ready in Denver. I could name 10 HCs that failed in their 1rst attempt, but went on to become excellent HCs. He would be a great hire for any team with a good young QB.

  14. Never let facts get in the way of a good story. 1rst of all, Elway was hired as GM in 2011. McDaniels was fired 12 gms into the 2010 season. McDaniels wasn’t a complete trainwreck. At 33, the youngest HC in the NFL at the time. He wasn’t ready. 8-8 his 1rst yr. Tebow was a mistake, but there was a lot of action around him in that draft. A lot of teams were wrong. In fairness BXanders was more of a contract guy. But McDaniels did draft KMoreno, RAyers DThomas, ZBeadles and EDecker. He also got Orton, a 1rst and a 3rd for JCutler. Orton was no superstar, but ask Bears fans who won that trade.

  15. WHY WHY WHY are organizations allowed to approach coaching prospects when the coaches are involved in the current campaign??? Talk about distracting!

  16. Dream on. I seriously doubt he’ll get any interest from any team now after what he did to the Colts. Nor should he. When he was named coach of Denver he had Cutler and decided to pursue Matt Cassell–his buddy from the Patriots. Cutler didn’t like it so McDaniels set about trading him. Then he had some sort of conflict with Brandon Marshall and got rid of him. Then he was instrumental in drafting Tebow. When he took over they were 8-8 the previous season and he guided them to 8-8 the following season. In his second season, they were 3-9 before he got fired. He didn’t even last two seasons in Denver and he proceeded to coach them into the cellar. The year after they got rid of him they were 8-8. He’s an AWFUL head coach and any team who signs him will go down the toilet in record time.

  17. It just seems odd to me for him to pull what he did with the Colts last year– knowing the blow back it would cause– to just go back to the Patriots for ONE season. Even if he’d prefer not to follow Belichick as HC, considering the PR nightmare he created, why wouldn’t he stay in place for at least a couple of seasons?

    I know there are “experts” saying the chance to coach Rodgers is too good to pass up, and surely coaching the Packers is an iconic position. But Rodgers is 35, so even if he stays healthy you’ve got what 2-3 seasons with him before things start going down hill (lots of guys say they want to play to– or past– 40, but few have the commitment Brady does)… and then what? I believe what McDaniels is looking for is the sort of absolute power situation Belichick walked into with Kraft and the Patriots 20 years ago, and I’m not sure the Packers with Mark Murphy is comparable. In fact, that type of scenario may never happen again.

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